During my lecture at Hollins University earlier this month I talked about this very trend, saying that spikes really get to the aesthetic of fierceness. Fierceness is an attitude and aesthetic that people under attack learn as a way to survive the at-times unending onslaught of attacks on their bodies and their spirits. To me, this trend suggests the garment as a shield from the outside world. It suggests an awareness of an hostility toward or impending attack upon the body which it is covering or guarding. It suggests that the wearer refuses to disarm and therefore is dangerous, scary and perhaps impudent.
To those who view fashion as a frivolous mode of embodying politics, I urge you to consider the potential that an article of clothing can have for protection and disruption. Margarita says that for her fierce fashion "is how I feel safe expressing aggression in a hostile environment.”
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